|Originally posted by mr_corean:|
I got a new Fiero a while agp and have a few issues with it. It has been quite a few years since I last has one, and the ones I owned previously had no electrical issues and didn't have the 2.8l so I am lacking on these subjects.
Any help from the knowledgeable folks on here would be greatly appreciated.
1. The check engine light SHOULD come on. I would still try to check the codes, oh wait... you can't if the light is burnt out! Haha... sorry. Ok, first thing I would do is check the bulb. You can get to it really easily by removing the rear shell of the dash pod. Check each light and replace them. I think it's only held on by like 5 torx screws. It's always a good idea to clean the bulbs. Because they get hot, the dust in there tends to melt to the bulb creating a cloudy film. This goes for all bulbs in the car (tail-lights, parking lights, etc). Take a cloth and clean them as you remove them. Anyway, I suspect that bulb has burnt out (or maybe removed). If you aren't sure how to check the codes, you can look here: http://www.pontiacperforman...icles/OSG/codes.html
2 & 3. For both of these... this is a perfect example of what happens as our cars (or any cars) start to get old. All of these parts, when new, are taught and well lubricated in all of their joints. What ends up happening is that as things like the door lock rod get used, they start to wear into the various guides and pivots that they are mounted through. This increases the friction and reduces smooth action of these options. What's worse is that a lot of the old white lithium grease that's used will often cake up causing it to only get worse. So really, all of the parts are fine, but in order to get back the original speed (and functionality) you really need to basically take the doors completely apart, lubricate all the touch-points, and put it all back together. The trunk release mechanism is likely suffering the same fate... though some of that might also be due to a less than ideal grounding point.
4. This could be because the "clip" that holds the shift cable is broken. This could be either at the shifter, or at the transmission. Check all of these clips and make sure they aren't missing or broken. I had a 4-Speed Fiero, and I couldn't get it into 1st or reverse because of this. I ended up having to put it in second, and then maybe shift to first, or just try to start in second... heh.
5. There's a number of things that could be wrong, but with this kind of performance, you would most certainly have an engine code. For what it's worth, do you hear a "pissing" or "hissing" sound? That could mean you have a clogged catalytic converter. That would also prevent you from being able to build RPMs... (it would make it VERY difficult).